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My next DOV dinner was a date with Mr. (finally his turn!) We went to Le Parisien for my favourite food, French cuisine. I went there once for a birthday celebration and I thought the food was pretty good. Since the menu was pretty decent, I decided to take Mr. there to give it a try.

Le Parisien

Food

Before I start, I should let you know that Le Parisien actually offers a $38 menu on-site. The appetizers and entrees were different from the promoted $28 menu with dishes such as Chicken Liver Pate, Tuna Tartare, Pan Seared Ling Cod and Beef Bourguignon. We decided to stick with the $28 menu because we’re more interested in that menu.

By the way, this is the only place so far that offers bread free of charge. Restaurants these days tend not to offer free bread during Dine Out in order to save on costs, so this is very much appreciated. And I like that it’s warm with a jaw-friendly crust. It’s not rock hard like traditional French baguette.

Bread & Butter

I had the Butternut Squash Soup to start and it wasn’t quite what I had expected. It’s usually creamy and thick, but this one was rather thin. It tasted like a broth flavoured with some butternut squash, instead of pureed butternut squash thinned out with broth. Even the creme fraiche was foamy and airy so didn’t add any creaminess to the soup. It tasted pretty good but it’s lacking the richness that I was looking for in a butternut squash soup.

Butternut Squash Soup

Mr. ordered the Crispy Calamari, which I thought was quite good. (more…)

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Dine Out Vancouver officially kicked off on January 18 and right away I started on the eating. Typically, downtown is the destination to go for Dine Out, but a number of North Shore restaurants have some tempting menus and so, we decided to venture out. On this first night of DOV, my parents and I went to Fishworks in North Vancouver.

Dine Out at Fishworks

Dine Out at Fishworks

Food

Since there were 3 of us, it was the perfect opportunity to try every dish on the DOV menu. Let’s start with the appetizers.

The Dungeness Crab was probably the tastiest of the three. It was a coconut soup with a crab claw in its perfect form. The soup was creamy, reminding me of Thai curry with lots of coconut milk. I could also taste a hint of heat in the soup.

Dungeness crab

Dungeness crab – in coconut soup with enoki mushrooms

The Qualicum Beach Scallops was the most creative appetizer. (more…)

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